I wasn't going to do a page on it, but I had a
enough requests for a how-to on the Bucky corpse I did, so here's the basic
run-down of it. I didn't take many pictures since there's already so many
corpsing tutorials out there. Click on the pictures for a larger
1/4 gallon Cementex L-200 Casting Latex
2 long screws
MinWax stains in Jacobean and Ipswich Pine
metal handled hobby brushes (or any small paintbrush)
rubber gloves for staining
old rag for staining
small paint brush or craft sponge for staining
some hair and glue (optional)
I started by taking the hardware off of Bucky's skull. I used a couple of screws to hold the jaw in the wide open position, then I took a heat gun to the lower jaw and softened it so that I could pull it forward some so it wasn't open TOO wide.
I gave Bucky a base coat of latex on the area I was working on, just to make sure I had good adhesion. I took a paper towel (split it to make it one-ply) and dipped it in the latex, then squeezed the excess off and draped it over the skeleton. I did this in most of the large areas like the rib cage, pelvis, neck, etc. This was the basic foundation for the more fragile tissue to go on top of.
I used the paper towels to do the inside of the mouth and jaw and the eye sockets as well. Once the paper towel parts were dry, I worked on getting the hands and feet ready. I used hot glue to position all of the fingers and toes in the right way since they were all out of whack. I also snipped the little spring off of the section between the thumb and index finger. Since I'm corpsing over that, I don't need it there to hold it in place. I just kind of shot glue in between each joint.
Then I started to brush latex onto the areas I was working on, then place a strip of one-ply tissue on it, then brush more latex over that. How it will look depends on how hard you brush it, how much latex you use, and whether you just kind of push it around 'til it looks good. The best thing about corpsing is that it does not have to be perfect. I left some holes here and there, some exposed bone. It's all about personal preference for that stuff.
I wanted a different look for the face area, so I kind of rolled some tissue into a strip and dipped it into the latex, then draped it across the cheek bone down to the jaw. I also gave a small hint of remaining eyelids using small rolled strips of dipped tissue.
I gave the entire thing a last brushing of latex to make sure I didn't miss any spots and to smooth it out some. To finish it up, I used some Jacobean stain and brushed it on, wiped off immediately leaving a nice aged look. Of course, one of my son's friends said it was too "brown", so I went over that with the Pine stain and that kind of removed some of the darker color and made it look better. Last step was to glue some hair on. I cleaned my hairbrush and used the escapees. I just hot glued it on. A little here, a little there. Regular old Elmer's glue would work too. That's really about it.
I've also had questions on the difference between using the "fresh" latex and the expired stuff... The major differences are that the fresh dries white. The expired dries an amberish clear. I've used the expired as glue for hair and eyebrows and for a final outer coating on my latex heads. Can't do that with the fresh stuff unless you want to paint again. Also, the fresh stuff is much thinner. Think MILK. The expired is more like a thin yogurt. The expired also smells more of ammonia.
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